Decorating with toys!

Do you sometimes feel as if you're living in a toy store? Stop trying to hide all those toys, well stop trying to hide some of those toys, and start decorating! Believe it or not, your child's prize possessions (their toys) can be an excellent, colorful, and fun way to decorate his or her room. With just a little re-arranging, your child's room can have a wonderful new look and will make your little one smile every time they walk into their room!

Many furniture stores, like Pottery Barn Kids, sell wonderful toys buckets that are perfect for displaying your child's favorite trucks, trains, dolls, etc... Many of these canvas buckets come pre-labeled or feel free to monogram them in your own creative saying (usually limited to one word). This is an excellent solution to organizing his or her toys and it's also an adorable fun accent in the space. Try selecting bucket colors that coordinate with the room and use a variety of sizes depending on your needs.

The stuffed animal phase can be short lived but so cute! Don't hide these adorable soft friends, display them! Decorate shelves with teddy bears having their legs hang over the edge. Or have the stuffed animals serve as seat warmers sitting in your child's play table, swing, or chair. Try to use the harder, less "floppy" stuffed animals so they stand up straight and don't slide off. Your child will be so excited to see their soft friends sitting in their chairs!

Many parents often dread those very large toys. They are difficult to put away and tend to take up just too much space. instead of hiding these cumbersome toys try to display them. Actually, the larger the toy, the better suited it is for display. Try showcasing that extra large truck, or the very big stuffed animal in a corner or at the foot of your child's bed. Treat it like a piece of a furniture, similar to how you would treat a large sculpture or pedestal table some where else in your home. The larger toy should serve as an accent piece and shoved behind something else.

Decorating with toys is sure to make your child extra proud of his or her room. Let them help decide which of their favorite toys should be displayed. These toys are your child's prize possessions that make them smile every day...let them enjoy it, and let yourself enjoy it too!

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Concrete isn't just for sidewalks anymore...

Concrete is not just used for sidewalks, driveways and walkways anymore.  Instead, concrete has become very en vogue and trendy in the recent years.  Decorative concrete is an emerging trend and can be seen all over the interior of beautiful homes.  One reason for this new popularity is the ability to manipulate concrete to simulate many more expensive materials like tiles. stones, slate and different woods.  Concrete can be easily painted, texturized, stained, stenciled, and molded.  Some of the most common places decorators are using concrete include kitchens, tiles, floors, sinks, and even on furniture.

Concrete counter tops are perhaps the most popular place decorative concrete can be seen.  One reason for this has to do with the unique versatility this material offers.  People can incorporate a sentimental item into the actual concrete.  One recent client actually had a wine bottle set in to the cement in her kitchen reminding her of a special moment in her life.  Another reason for the popularity in this area is the durability of the material.  Each designer has a different method of creating the counter top.  Some pour the liquid material directly into a mold on the base of your cabinetry, others pre mold and stain it off site.  There's no better or worse method, just different styles and techniques.

Concrete tile is another very popular use of concrete and far more affordable than large slabs like counter tops.  People use concrete in tiling bathrooms, kitchens, and bars.  The versatilty of the material can make the tiles look unique and interesting suited to almost any style.  An important thing to remember when using concerting tiling is the weight of the material. it is very important to have a professional do the installation.  

Concrete table tops are perhaps are most favorite of the new wave of concrete items. It's extremely durable and has a modern, yet warm aesthetic when used properly. Concrete can come in a variety of hues making it very easy to find that perfect color table top. Another benefit is the price tag! It's significantly more affordable than any stone, most glasses, or even tile.

Decorating with concrete is a fabulous material to have fun with its many compositions.  Better yet, in our environmentally conscious world, it's a green material!

Concrete is not just used for sidewalks, driveways and walkways anymore.  Instead, concrete has become very en vogue and trendy in the recent years.  Decorative concrete is an emerging trend and can be seen all over the interior of beautiful homes.  One reason for this new popularity is the ability to manipulate concrete to simulate many more expensive materials like tiles. stones, slate and different woods.  Concrete can be easily painted, texturized, stained, stenciled, and molded.  Some of the most common places decorators are using concrete include the kitchen, tiles, floors, and sinks.  

Concrete counter tops are perhaps the most popular place decorative concrete can be seen.  One reason for this has to do with the unique versatility this material offers.  People can incorporate a sentimental item into the actual concrete.  One recent client actually had a wine bottle set in to the cement in her kitchen reminding her of a special moment in her life.  Another reason for the popularity in this area is the durability of the material.  Each designer has a different method of creating the counter top.  Some pour the liquid material directly into a mold on the base of your cabinetry, others pre mold and stain it off site.  There's no better or worse method, just different styles and techniques.

Concrete tiles is another very popular use of concrete and far more affordable than large slabs like counter tops.  People use concrete tiling bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways.  The versatilty of the material can make the tiles look unique and interesting suited to almost any style.  An important thing to remember when using concerting tiling is the weight of the material. it is very important to have a professional do the installation.  

Decorating with concrete is a fabulous material to have fun with its many compositions.  Better yet, in our environmentally conscious world, it's a green material!

Concrete is not just used for sidewalks, driveways and walkways anymore.  Instead, concrete has become very en vogue and trendy in the recent years.  Decorative concrete is an emerging trend and can be seen all over the interior of beautiful homes.  One reason for this new popularity is the ability to manipulate concrete to simulate many more expensive materials like tiles. stones, slate and different woods.  Concrete can be easily painted, texturized, stained, stenciled, and molded.  Some of the most common places decorators are using concrete include the kitchen, tiles, floors, and sinks.  

Concrete counter tops are perhaps the most popular place decorative concrete can be seen.  One reason for this has to do with the unique versatility this material offers.  People can incorporate a sentimental item into the actual concrete.  One recent client actually had a wine bottle set in to the cement in her kitchen reminding her of a special moment in her life.  Another reason for the popularity in this area is the durability of the material.  Each designer has a different method of creating the counter top.  Some pour the liquid material directly into a mold on the base of your cabinetry, others pre mold and stain it off site.  There's no better or worse method, just different styles and techniques.

Concrete tiles is another very popular use of concrete and far more affordable than large slabs like counter tops.  People use concrete tiling bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways.  The versatilty of the material can make the tiles look unique and interesting suited to almost any style.  An important thing to remember when using concerting tiling is the weight of the material. it is very important to have a professional do the installation.  

Decorating with concrete is a fabulous material to have fun with its many compositions.  Better yet, in our environmentally conscious world, it's a green material!

Concrete is not just used for sidewalks, driveways and walkways anymore.  Instead, concrete has become very en vogue and trendy in the recent years.  Decorative concrete is an emerging trend and can be seen all over the interior of beautiful homes.  One reason for this new popularity is the ability to manipulate concrete to simulate many more expensive materials like tiles. stones, slate and different woods.  Concrete can be easily painted, texturized, stained, stenciled, and molded.  Some of the most common places decorators are using concrete include the kitchen, tiles, floors, and sinks.  

Concrete counter tops are perhaps the most popular place decorative concrete can be seen.  One reason for this has to do with the unique versatility this material offers.  People can incorporate a sentimental item into the actual concrete.  One recent client actually had a wine bottle set in to the cement in her kitchen reminding her of a special moment in her life.  Another reason for the popularity in this area is the durability of the material.  Each designer has a different method of creating the counter top.  Some pour the liquid material directly into a mold on the base of your cabinetry, others pre mold and stain it off site.  There's no better or worse method, just different styles and techniques.

Concrete tiles is another very popular use of concrete and far more affordable than large slabs like counter tops.  People use concrete tiling bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways.  The versatilty of the material can make the tiles look unique and interesting suited to almost any style.  An important thing to remember when using concerting tiling is the weight of the material. it is very important to have a professional do the installation.  

Decorating with concrete is a fabulous material to have fun with its many compositions.  Better yet, in our environmentally conscious world, it's a green material!

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Your Dream Nursery without Breaking the Bank

Many of us have DREAMED of our babies nurseries for years...long before conception, or even before our partners came along. FINALLY your time has arrived to create that magical place your baby will call home! Unfortunately, your time has also arrived to realize that your dream nursery costs more than your first car. Yes, although typically smaller than adult furniture and decor, baby room furniture can be astronomical. Have no fear, however, LT Design Studios has some great cost saving tactics!

Many high end baby furniture companies have a more economical line. For example, MDB is the parent company for high end brands like Nursery Works, but also owns less expensive ones like Babyletto. You won't find the exact same crib at Babyletto as you would at Nursery Works (Babyletto does not have Beyonce's baby's Vetro crib for about $3500), but you will similar wood and modern styles starting around $300. The Babyletto line won't be the furniture you pass down from child to child as the craftsmanship is not quite as good as nursery works. But, the fact of the matter is that of these cribs get used and abused very quickly by your little angel, and therefore you may want a new one for the next baby regardless of how much you have spent.

Sample sales are a fabulous way to grab those really expensive items that you just nee d to have. Art For Kids, one of our favorite brands for both adults and kids (some of their furniture is just too gorgeous to not be showcased outside of the nursery), often has fabulous items on their sample sales at a fraction of the cost. Other high end boutiques, like Kid's Supply on Madison Avenue, are constantly changing their showrooms and are happy to sell you a sample off the floor. Even companies like Gilt and Rue La La periodically have sales featuring various nursery brands. 

Obviously, there's always a good old fashion store sale. Even if your focused on finding the perfect crib before anything, if fabulous window treatments happen to go on sale, buy them and just put them away. In the end, you need everything so the order in which you make your purchases, doesn't really matter as much. For some items, like gliders, area rugs, and window treatments, just to name a few, feel free to check in regular furniture stores. West Elm, for example, has a great glider, perfect for a more modern nursery.

As always, your friends at LT Design Studios are always here to help! We love designing nurseries and would love to help design your perfect nursery!

Art for Kids Sample Sale Crib

Babyletto Crib

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West Elm Glider

Paint the town...or your bedroom, even when you're not there...

Selecting a paint color can truly be a daunting task, especially when you're not living in the actual space. yet. The key to this sort of paint selecting is PLANNING and sampling!

As we have said before, it's imperative to consider the amount of light a room gets. When you're not yet living in the new home or apartment, print our a floor plan and notate which direction all the windows face. Rooms that face south or east tend to be brighter in the morning, where as rooms that face west tend to be bright in the afternoon. Rooms that face north, tend to be the most shaded throughout the day. Once you have figured out approximately how much light each room gets, then start selecting your paint!

Since you're not in your new living quarters, sampling paints on your own walls may seem counter intuitive yet this a crucial step!!! Whether your paint is Benjamin Moore, Fine Paints of Europe, or Behr paint from Home Depot, they all sell small sample size paints. Simply having the paint chip alone is not enough. Spend the extra $3 to $10 and get a small sample size can. If possible, get a paint sample that is paint and primer in one for the most accurate sampling results.  

Now you're ready to get painting!!! If you plan well enough, try getting plain white boards and paint your color samples on those. Cover the board completely with about two to three coats, depending on the color and thickness of the paints. Now you can move your newly painted boards to an area of your current home that receives the same direction of light as the new space. This is ideal if you plan on using the same paint in multiple places.  And don't forget to consider the ceiling!

If you have forgotten to get white boards (as I recently did...oops!)  then just try to go to an area that gets a similar amount of light. If you have chosen to paint directly onto a previously painted wall that isn't white, please take the current paint color into consideration. More than likely the color painted on top of another color, will be different than one that is painted on a white wall. 

The sampling doesn't end with just the paint. If you're buying new furniture or using a wallpaper, try to get samples or fabric swatches of those too. The more samples you have, the more accurate of a picture you can make for yourself. Sometimes a scheme may work perfectly in your head but then when you realize the pink in your paper clashes with the pink paper, well just be happy you planned ahead! This can really be a fun, and sometimes frustrating, process. Give yourself a few days with a sample before disregarding and look at it a few hours later. Sometimes after staring at similar paints or colors for too long, they all start to look the same. Sleep on it and you may have a whole new perspective in the morning.

Happy sampling LT Design Fans!!!! We're here to help!

Storage EVERY WHERE!

It seems like everyone is always trying to organize their home but are concerned about sacrificing decor for space saving techniques.  Style and functionality can go hand and hand and make a small cluttered space open and inviting.  

The kitchen is one of the easiest spots to get cluttered.  If cabinet space is very limited you must use it very wisely.  Hanging pot racks are an excellent storage solution to open up cabinet space and remove clutter from the counters.  We caution you, when choosing to use this storage solution you must have clean pots and pans and they all must have a similar look to compliment your decor rather than sacrifice it.  There's nothing worse then walking into someones kitchen and seeing a bunch of burnt stained pots and pans hanging from the ceiling. Match you pot rack with your decor.  If your kitchen is more modern then go with the brushed steel.  For a country look a wooden, bronze, or pewter rack may be nice.  For a traditional aesthetic, choose a more ornate rack with possibly a black powder coat on the metal.

Adding storage to your home can take place in any room.  In the dining room use storage banquette seating to create deep and easy to get to storage.  Many people choose to use this to store large rolls of paper towels or unopened boxes of non-perishable food,  This type of  seating not only adds softness and elegance to your room, but is also very practical.

In living rooms and family rooms storage can be obtained in many areas.  From your seating to your coffee tables to the use of book shelves, there is no excuse for clutter in these areas. Many ottomans have storage  that allow you to put away items like extra blankets or books or even photo albums.  The space is protected and is always clean.  Many coffee table also open for hidden storage.  You can hide away large platters that are too big for your kitchen cabinets.  Book shelves offer beautiful opportunities to add personality to your room and well as functionality.  Display picture frames, beautiful works of art and, for storage purposes,  be sure to add some classy looking boxes to store small items that often get misplaced.  

The bedroom is another room that, if you choose the right furniture, storage is easy to find.  All types of beds offer fabulous storage solutions.  Some lift up by the foot board while others have built in shelves. Regardless of the style, this is a great area to store opposite season clothing,  If you have enough space, you can incorporate an ottoman or bench in the room that has a storage functionality as well.  

Lastly, the bathroom is another area that people are often trying to find more space.  If you have a pedestal sink, a custume made curtain around the base of the sink is an excellent way to hide away the extras like additional toilet paper and other bathroom products.  Sometime there's extra wall space in a bathroom where you can hang closed shelves for additional storage.

Storage and functionality can be beautiful.  Sometime it takes a little more foresight and planning to turn practicality in to style but with the right desginer this goal is easily obtainable.   

Bye Bye Baby

Your baby is growing up and no longer can you call your child's room a nursery, but now it's time to make this space into a real kids room. You may need to purchase a few pieces of furniture such as a bed to make this transition but the real overhaul will be in the theme of the room.

You may not have to get rid of everything from your nursery but instead work to blend the pieces. For example, if your baby had an antique white armoire in the nursery, there's no reason why you can't incorporate this piece of furniture into your "big kids room." Don't try to match the color if you are using a different brand, it will never happen. Instead choose something that compliments this like an iron bed. Even if you own a simple white dresser, don't think the new white bed you buy will ever match. Instead pick a colored frame like pink or navy.  

Besides the bed, if you have the space, you may want to add a table and chair set for your new little explorer. This table will become a main attraction in which your child will explore all different  activities from make believe, to puzzles, to writing.  

At this time in your child's life you can decide on the longevity of the room. If you choose furniture that is theme based like a race car bed, you'll need to make a another change in a few years. If you pick furniture that is simple then you will be able to keep the same furniture for a long time. 

Create a theme with everything other than the furniture to make your baby's room become a big kids room. For a boy you may think about sports, space, a safari, trucks and cars, pirates etc. For girls you could do flowers, ballet, princess, fairy tales,etc... The types of theme are endless. What is most important from a decorating perspective, is that you use this theme and stick with it through and through. Incorporate your idea in your bedding, area rugs, decals, accessories etc...  Suddenly you will see your baby's room become a kids room filled with the things your child loves.

DIY Fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you seen the gorgeous block stamp fabric patterns that are so popular right now? We LOVE them! Fabric designers like Robert Kimme, Elizabeth Eakins, and so many others have such wonderful and colorful block stamp fabric patterns. Unfortunately, there is one big caveat that stands between many people and their beloved block stamp fabric patterns...the hefty $350+ per yard price tag! When you need, on average, about 20yards to upholster a sofa, this fabulous fabric can quickly become a dream rather than a reality. LT Design Studios has the perfect solution...do it yourself block printing!!!! 

Sites like eBay and Etsy have tons of great antique and new fabric stamps. We are particularly partial to the antique stamps as there less than perfect condition, makes the final stamp so beautiful and subtle. For a more modern aesthetic, keep the stamp simple. Perhaps a straight line, or circles, or simple squares, or even a chevron pattern. For a more traditional look, stick to medallions filled with lace pattern intricacies. And for our eclectic fans, consider doing a border with the straight line stamps and then using a medallion or paisley stamp.

The process to make your block stamp fabric can actually be quite simple. For first timers, we suggest selecting a simple linen in any color of your choice. Smooth the linen fabric out on a flat surface and pin it down so it doesn't move while you are stamping. With a pencil, mark on the fabric where you will want the center of each stamp. Then using a paint roller brush, and just one color for beginners, roll the paint onto a dry and  clean stamp. Once the paint is evenly applied to the stamp, using two hands turn the stamp over and place it on your first marking, holding down with a steady and firm grip for about 30 seconds. Afterwards, pick up the stamp in one straight and fluid motion, try not to move it around the fabric. the beauty of block stamping is the imperfections. So a stray line will actually add character to your fabric rather than destroy the whole thing. If something is really out of proportion, go back with a paint brush or the very tip of a sponge while the paint is still wet. 

Block printed fabric looks fabulous as art work around a canvas or in a gorgeous frame. Perhaps, use ready made drapery panels to create the drapes you actually wanted. Regardless of how you use your new gorgeous fabric, it will be truly be a one-of-a-kind master piece!

ANTIQUE FABRIC STAMP FROM ETSY

The Forgotten Space

Perhaps not typically deemed as the most important room in your house, but decorating a bathroom is important and should be correctly. Whether or not you had the opportunity to actually select your materials like tiles, counter tops, and shower doors, relatively simple and inexpensive touches can truly form this room into a demure and elegant space.

Choosing the right colors is perhaps the biggest challenge.  Colors can either add a sense of serenity or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, give off a sense of strong energy. Don't be afraid of using very dark colors in this room, even if your space is small. Paired with the correct lighting, this dark hue bathroom can look romantic and intimate.

Lighting is another key element in decorating a bathroom.  Too often people make this room overly dark when, in reality, the room should be filled with light. A general rule of thumb, all bathrooms should have two sources of light. The general room lighting can be achieved with overhead fixtures or ceiling lights. The second source of light is the complimentary lighting. This lighting is meant to focus on a specific area of the bathroom.  Typically, the secondary source of light should try to focus on your face and not directly on the mirror to avoid unsightly shadowing around your eyes and chin. We also suggest putting your two sources of light on separate switches with dimmers to create a more intimate and relaxing environment during bath time.

Small touches like towels, accessories, and other accents can truly beautify any bathroom, even on a low budget. For example, there's really nothing very attractive about a large piece of mirror glued to a wall. Instead try framing your mirror with decorative molding.  Use distressed wood for a cottage look, chrome for a contemporary feel, cherry wood for a more traditional setting, and gold and silver to add a cast of elegance.  

Adding new towel racks and soap dishes can also add to your aesthetics.  Purchasing attractive tissue and waste paper boxes is also a good accent. Soft touches like matching towels, candle accents and pretty soaps make a beautiful difference too.

What was once considered to be a small sterile room with three basic plumbing fixtures is now thought to be room of great solitude and healing power, One should feel pampered and relaxed in the oasis you create.

Pillow Fight!!!

Many of my clients partners, namely the husbands, complain that there are just too many over priced toss pillows on their beds, sofas, chairs, etc... that they are forbidden from touching, never mind using. The truth of the matter is that a simple toss pillow can make a boring old sofa a place that people actually want to sit and hang out. Similarly they can turn a mattress into a wonderfully lush haven that you just want to jump into. It's truly the pillows that make the difference.

Admittedly toss pillows can become quite costly, ranging in the thousands in some instances. Fortunately, our friends over at Festive Home Decor on Etsy.com have resolved the cost issue. From about $22 and up, one can design and customize their own fabulous toss pillow selecting from a wide array of fabrics. Whether it's a petite boudoir sham to serve as an accent on your already puffed up bed, or a fabulous 24" square toss pillows for your outdoor sofa sectional, Festive Home Decor has the style and price to fit your needs. Moreover, they are an absolute pleasure to work with. 

Whether your pillows are sequinned and bedazzled, or simple and soft, it's the little things (like toss pillows) that can make all the difference! As we say on our daily deals...happy shopping LT Fans!

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Pillow Decorative Pillows Kids Room Children Pillow Bright Green Animal Pillow Covers Nursery Decor 20 x 20 Inches Elephant and Zebra Prints

To dine, or to live...that is the question

All too often in New York City apartments we are faced with this ridiculous conundrum of whether an area is a dining room or a living room. Yes, we need to dine. Yes, we need to live...but why do these cookie cutter apartments often not give us the opportunity to chose? No, we are forced to create a dining and living room all in one. Have no fear though...in the 'burbs they often call large eating, relaxing, television areas, great rooms. So of think of your living space as one medium size great room :)

The key to create a fabulous "great room" as we shall now call it, is to not try to separate the areas. In other words, don't have your couch block off the dining section. Be inclusive and make these areas one. More precisely, if you have a sectional sofa, have it open up towards the dining table, do not block it off. If you are tight on space (as too many of us area), consider placing your over-sized plasma on a buffet rather than in a bulky entertainment unit which will make the room feel tighter. One caveat however, make the sure the buffet is no higher than 31" or else it may be uncomfortable for tv-watching.

If your of a more formal character, than avoid a great room all together. Separate the dining area using room dividers such as open bookshelves, buffets and floor lamps to distinguish the spaces. Try to place the dining table closer to the kitchen and try not to block any windows in your attempt to create your perfect formal dining space.

Regardless of your dining and living styles, try to make the areas work together by being in similar styles and similar paint colors. For great rooms, perhaps opt for one large area rug , in separated spaces, opt for two area rugs that coordinate. We spend so much of our time living and dining, that it's most important to have these be great spaces. Until next time LT fans...

Au naturale

Nature produces some of the most beautiful design elements in the world.  A sense of effortless elegance is created when incorporating organic materials into ones living quarters.  Once believed this natural element could only be achieved through the use of plants and flowers, but in today's organic world we can see this new design in furniture, accessories, lighting and more. 

Petrified wood stumps make amazing end tables. The look is fresh and modern yet it highlights an untouched beauty.  Tree branches are an incredible art form.  With so much shape and curvature they become eye candy for your home.  Try incorporating this element in the base of your dining room table or coffee table.  Today you even find lighting fixtures made from tree branches.

Oversized cut agates make for beautiful accents on bookshelves or tables.  They add tremendous texture and depth while bringing out a specific accent color.  Filling glass jars with natural elements like white rocks found on the beat or beautiful seashells also adds a sense of earthiness to any home.    

Another way to add an organic is through your choice of colors.  Shades of green work well or you can go with a seashore effect and work with the blues and aquas.  Pale yellows add warmth and earthy tones allow you to play with your pallet in other places.    

Bringing nature into your home is no longer hanging a dear head above your firplace.  In today's world an organic feel is a true form of refinement and elegance.  

Working from Home

The idea of working from home usually sounds wonderful, the reality however, can be quite different. When planning your home office space, it's crucial to consider the location. You need not have an entire room dedicated to this, but often times, when the home office space is located in a communal area such as the kitchen, it can become the family dumping ground. Perhaps opt for a small nook that is quieter and more serene (if there is such a thing in your home) but is also not too far from the main stream traffic so that you can hear any sudden cries from kids, dogs (or maybe even your spouse). An important thing in creating your home office is ORGANIZATION!!!! Try not to  have lose papers lying on the floor or pens that can get into the hands of your little Picasso so he or she can re-do your walls. The most crucial aspect of your home office is that it is a space all your own. Design it, paint it, decorate it anyway YOU like. While it's nice if the space can flow  with everything else (maybe have a similar color palette or have one color that is the same), it need not be in the  exact same style. If your home is super modern /minimalist but you love grandeur and opulence, perhaps opt for a antique lacquered desk that hints to the modern side, paired with a damask paper for your ultimate nod to the traditional.  Your home office, whether covered with multiple computer monitors, or strewn with fabric swatches, is your space, your haven, and yours to enjoy!

Party of Two

Sharing a bedroom is a fact of life for many children, especially in New York City children.  If done right, regardless of whether you have two girls, or two boys, or a boy and a girl sharing the room you can still express individual personalities and have privacy for each child.

The first decision you will need to make is what type of bed to select. Bunk beds are great space savers but not always the best option for your children. Loft beds give each child their own bed and a private study space underneath. Sometimes two separate twin beds work better allowing you to divide the room and create more  privacy with canopies surrounding the beds, or book shelves, screens, or even a desk area between the two sleeping quarters.

Be creative in your design. Allow each child to use their favorite color and incorporate it in the room. For example, if your son loves blue and your daughter loves purple coordinate these colors in your painting choices, linens, and accessories. You can have an accent wall with blue circles on your son's side and purple on your daughters. Pick a more neutral color for the other walls or a pale hue that could work for both children.

Themes are also great for shared spaces. Perhaps both your children love animals so bring a safari look into the room. Nautical scenes also work well in boy/girl shared spaces.  Under the sea is another great theme. Tweak it a little and add a mermaid touch for your daughter and perhaps pirates or sea monsters for your son.

Shared space can make amazing bedrooms! Regardless of your children's differences, their shared bedroom can become a haven for both!

Plates aren't just for eating...

There are so many gorgeous china patterns! Why save your fabulous china just for eating? Plates and serving platters of all sizes make for excellent wall decorations. Whether it's antique blue and white porcelain, or a fabulous platinum band setting, or even just random plates your have found along the way, these all make for excellent wall art. For a more modern aesthetic, consider arranging them equal distance from each other in a grid-like pattern. If you prefer a more traditional look, an overall diamond shape is beautiful. with the largest plates being at the corners and in the center. As for our eclectic friends, try creating funky waves using various size plates. Regardless of your style. you will surely add new dimension and eye-catching art work to your wall with plates!

Family Photo

Giving your home personal touch by using family photos is a creative and affordable way to add interest to your home.  There are many ways to do this without creating a picture overload.  Beautifully framed pictures of your loved ones hung in a large grouping along a single wall add warmth and style.  Photographs can also be used to occupy a shelf in a bookcase, nightstand, or credenza.  Be creative in your display.  To create a more modern look use one pattern or multiple patterns of white frames and white matting.  For a more traditional look, try bronze or brass frames.  When shopping for the ideal frame the trick is to coordinate with the style of your room as well as the type of photograph you are framing.  This accent is sure to give your home a true personality.   Check out these examples as a source of inspiration.

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Boy or Girl??

Designing a gender neutral nursery can certainly be a difficult task! Many people opt for yellow or pale green walls when they are unsure of the gender of their baby. However, there are a TON of other options! Consider navy as your primary color, although it may be a bit dark for your wall color, it's a great furniture color or carpet color. Although commonly associated with a boy's nursery, navy and pink, or lavender are beautiful combinations! If you want to play it a little safer, try out Benjamin Moore Linen White. This pale cream paint goes perfectly with any color. It's a great neutral. For a more modern aesthetic, why not paint the walls grey?! Grey perfectly compliments Kelly green or blue for a boy, or pale pink or violet for a girl. Remember, when designing your nursery that sky is the limit so have fun with it! 

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